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Dan Has Questions About What Rules We Follow And What Foods We Eat: Parshat Shemini

03/24/2022 09:50:43 AM


Dan Lemon

This week's Parshah is Shemini, which means "eighth". On the eighth day after they are are appointed priests, Moses brings Aaron, Aaron's sons, and various elders of the Jews to instruct them on the laws of sacrifices. Once again, the Torah goes into great detail on exactly how the sacrifices should be brought, giving very, very...Read more...

Ethnic Studies - A Letter From Diana Blum 

03/18/2022 03:04:26 PM


Diana Blum

Dear fellow CBJ parents,

I know many of you are juggling a million things and likely don't have the bandwidth to add 1 more commitment to the plate, but here I am urging those who missed this week's webinar on Antisemitism in our classrooms, to please watch the recording and consider getting involved in your local schools/school districts.  


Dan Has Questions About Sins, Sacrifices, Light, and Warmth: Parshat Tzav

03/17/2022 11:11:28 AM


Dan Lemon

This week's Parshah is called "Tzav". "Tzav" means "command" - it comes from the same Hebrew root as "mitzvah", as in Bar/Bat/B'nai Mitzvah. If you look "mitzvah" up in a Hebrew dictionary, it is translated as "commandment" (or duty orobligation). But we also associate the word "mitzvah" with good deeds, and that's what we often...Read more...

Dan Has Questions About Sacrifices And What They Mean Today: Parshat Vayikra 

03/10/2022 02:04:27 PM


Dan Lemon

This week, we begin reading the third book of the Torah, Vyikra. As usual, that's also the name of the first Parshah of the Book. Vayikra means "and he called" - God calls to Mosheand begins to communicate a long series of rules and laws. Some seem very modern. Others seem rather ancient and outdated, but we will discover together...Read more...

Dan Has Questions About Courting, Accomplishments, and Strength For The Future: Parshat Pekudei

03/03/2022 08:17:07 AM


Dan Leemon

We have been reading for a number of weeks about the construction of the portable synagogue, the "Mishkan", and that's the main topic again this week. We've read about how it should look; what it should be made of; how all the people contributed the materials, even more than were needed; and how each gave half a shekel coin to be...Read more...

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